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Canyonlands Natural History Association is a nonprofit organization established to assist the scientific and educational efforts of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the USDA Forest Service in southeast Utah.

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Completion of Documentation of Perishable Artifacts

Principal Investigator: Laurie D. Webster, Ph.D.

Webster will return to the Field Museum of Natural History in 2012 to complete the survey and documentation of approximately 700 archaeological textiles, baskets, and other perishable artifacts in the Green and Lang collections at the Field Museum of Natural History. These collections were removed from federal lands in southeastern Utah over a century ago.

A feather, fur, and wood specialist will also be brought in to examine and identify artifact materials, and several artifact samples will be submitted for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) dating.

Webster was the recipient of a 2011 Discovery Pool grant which began her work on this project. In 2011, she recorded basic descriptive information about 400 perishable artifacts and generated 1,100 digital photographs of these collections.

Despite their excellent condition and clear archaeological significance, these collections are almost completely unknown to archaeologists, perishables specialists, land managers, indigenous communities, and the general public.

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